I teach you to have a PRIDE of your own. IT IS NOT EGO, because you are not declaring it in comparison to anybody else.
EGO IS A COMPARISON, PRIDE IS SIMPLY SELF-RESPECT -- a sense of dignity that existence needs you, and that you have to fulfill the hopes of existence; that YOU HAVE TO BE YOURSELF, not at the minimum, but at the maximum; that you have to bring all the flowers to blossom -- your flowers.
They may be marigolds, they may be roses, they may be lotuses -- it does not matter. What matters is that they should come to a blossoming. Your life should become a spring, a continuous celebration.